04. 04. 2020

VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: “Michael Jordan of volleyball“, Bas van de Goor

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Not many players can brag they were recognized the best in a major tournament although their teams failed to win the gold medal or, at least, reach the podium. Volleyball player “Bas“ van de Goor is one of these athletes which is the fact speaking of his sports greatness by itself.


Let’s start with what we mentioned in the prelude. Bas van de Goor was named MVP of the men’s volleyball tournament at the 2000 Sydney Olympics despite the fact his national team, the Netherlands, finished on a disappointing fifth place. That’s rare and unusual. Knowing that he was covering the position of the middle blocker, being awarded as the MVP is an even bigger achievement.

Why did we say that finishing fifth was a disappointment for the “Oranje“? Because, four years earlier, in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the Dutch team won its first gold medal ever. And the only gold medal in the Olympics for the country’s volleyball so far. The Netherlands have finally broken the curse of losing final matches against Italy to which they succumbed in three big finals prior to the final in Atlanta. They lost to the “Azzurri“ in deciders of the 1993 and 1995 CEV European Championships and the 1994 FIVB World Championship. Guess what? Sebastiaan Jacques Henri “Bas“ van de Goor was named MVP in Atlanta, too.


How good of a player was Bas is in the best way reflected in the words of the Dutch National Team head coach at that time, Joop Alberda. He referred to Bas as the “Michael Jordan of volleyball“. A comparison with, unofficially, the greatest basketball player in history says it all about Bas, right? He is a member of the Class of 2018 of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.

However, between the above-mentioned successes and induction into the IVHF, Bas faced life-threatening health issues. In 2003, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes but he didn’t want to curl up in a corner and cry. No. continued to play professionally for two more years. Unfortunately, four years ago, Bas was diagnosed with cancer, more precisely – lymphoma. A fighter as he is, Bas beat the disease in 2017, the chemotherapy bore fruit. Then, he had a cerebral attack...

Now, a 48-year-old Bas is the Director of his own foundation, the „Bas van de Goor Foundation“ (established in 2006), whose goal is to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes through sports.



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FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

has serbia ever had a 3rd team?:D
serbia began all vnl and former grand prix tournaments with a-teams. they have 3 recent g. prix bronzes. In 2018 vnl, again they began with boskovic, mikailovic,veljkovic, popovic, rasic etc. went to finals in china but lost against turkey and usa and went home.In 2019 vnl again they began with top guns boskovic, mikailovic,veljkovic etc. in 1st week. actually their rivals, the turks again,came with their 2nd team ie. without veterans but with youngsters ozbay,karakurt, gunes,baladin etc. and swept serbs by 3-0 and this match had to disappoint terzic too much and he continued vnl with bench players and lost almost all remaining games. videos are everywhere in youtube, just watch them.

for better rankings, you need to compete in all tournaments, but unfortunately only great countries like china, usa with great human resources, great capacities can afford it.

or despite winning 'big' tournaments,you must be contented with your 6th position, because only the points you won do matter. Reply

FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

VNL must be an event that helps new players gain experience so that they can later join their country's first team. Serbia has always participated with its 2nd or 3rd team. The big tournaments are the Olympics Games, the World Championships and the continental championships. No one remembers who won the vnl. Ask a player to answer please. All for money fivb!!! Reply

FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

Serbian women had poor results in 2019 vnl (5W-10L) which has cost them to drop the 6th place.

Turkish women had 11W-4L in 2019 vnl. And beat China in final round though later lost to them in semifinal, it's still plus for them because you win more points defeating an opponent above you but lose less points when you are defeated.